World’s leading climate change skeptic in Sacramento

Russ Steele

I wrote about Lord Monckton encounter with the liberals at Union College in Schenectady, New York HERE. Now he is coming the Sacramento State University and the State Capitol on Wednesday the March 21st. He will be joined by Tom Tanton – President, T2 & Associates.  Both events are free.

Full details on times and places can be found in this PDF Flyer: CFACTSOCALMoncktonFlyer

I would go, but I an already committed on the 21st.

Over the e-mail Transom: Keystone XL Pipeline Statement

Russ Steele

This insider information was sent to me by a reader of this blog and an old friend.  I am posting it for your evaluation.  Does this claim by Mark Garnett, President, Garnett Wood Products hold water?

As I service the oil and natural gas industry with construction mats, I am very, very familiar with the absurdities surrounded the Obama Administration’s stonewalling re: the permit for the XL Pipeline.   What most people who do not have daily knowledge re: what is going on in the oil industry don’t know is that a lateral crude oil pipeline from the Bakken Shale Oil Field in ND is a planned part of the XL Project.  This 75 mile long planned feeder line to the main XL crude oil pipeline is designed to replace the rail transport- in tank cars- that is currently moving 400,000 barrels of domestically produced crude oil, per day, from ND to the Gulf Coast of the US.

The ‘unbiased’ news media in the US has been careful to keep the American public completely uninformed re: the fact that a tremendous volume of American crude oil would be shipped in the XL Pipeline as well.

In addition, moving that volume of crude oil by rail is extremely expensive and, as compared to moving crude oil via a pipeline, more dangerous to the environment.  It is  exponentially more likely for an oil spill to occur due to a train derailment than from a break in a pipeline.   And, the carbon footprint from using several thousand diesel locomotives to move crude oil by rail from ND to Houston, TX is 25 times larger than the carbon footprint from moving that same oil via a pipeline.   There is no valid argument to be made that we are ‘saving the environment’ by delaying the XL Project.

So, why is this really happening?   There are 20,000 construction workers ready to go to work and, as the gentlemen from Valero stated in his letter, there is a ready market for the oil that the XL Pipeline is to carry- both from Canada and from the US- so what is really going on behind the scenes?

There is an entire subculture of elite people in the US and in the rest of the world who have a vested interest in the delay or cancelation of the XL Project- a subculture that I refer to as the ‘$7 Per Gallon American Gasoline Club’.

The BNSF RR, controlled by Berkshire Hathaway has a monopoly re: moving the oil by rail from the Bakken Oil Field- that ND oil field, with proven oil reserves that rival those of Saudi Arabia, is serviced only by the BNSF RR.

The alternative energy industry in the US, into which the Obama Administration has poured millions of taxpayer subsidy dollars, is in favor of expensive fossil fuels.   To expand in the short term, the solar and wind energy industries need fossil fuels to increase in price.  And they are major contributors to the Obama Administration.

All of the other oil producers in the world have a vested interest in the delay or cancelation of XL.  They want America to continue its imported oil addiction.   And, they have rivers of money with which to support President Obama’s re-election campaign.

There are many, many other entities which are a part of ‘$7 Gas Club’- and what is best for the average American taxpayer is of zero concern to them.   All the American news media needs to do- and which it absolutely will not do- is to identify them and follow their money to the Obama Campaign.

Best Regards.

Mark Garnett


Garnett Wood Products

11400 Jess and Betty Garnett Avenue

PO Box 525

Brandsville, MO 65688

New Study Questions Incentives To Create Green Jobs

Russ Steele

This report is from the Global Warming Policy Foundation:

A new report questions the value of tax incentives and regulations approved by many states around the country, including Nevada, to create “green jobs,” noting that subsidies used for such programs can take away revenue for other needs such as public education.

“States face a hard and fast budget constraint; they cannot deficit spend or take on debt for general operating expenses,” said Bryan Leonard of State Budget Solutions in his report, “Green Jobs Don’t Grow on Trees.”

“This means that every dollar spent by states on green job training programs, grants to green firms, or subsidies for renewable energy producers is a dollar that cannot be spent on teachers’ salaries, educational tools, or social safety nets,” he said.

“Our study showed that green programs are incredibly expensive for states who aren’t in a position to know which investment will pay off and which won’t,” said Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions.

The only mechanism for determine the success or failure of a project are free markets.  If the people want them and are willing to buy the product the project will be success. Top down forcing of green energy will never survive as the market demand for higher cost energy does not exist.